Aircraft Division, Nasik Currently manufacturing Su-30MKI

HAL, company Chairman, and Managing Director R. Madhavan has confirmed that additional production capabilities which company plans to develop in the Aircraft Division, Nasik after the closure of the Su-30MKI production line there will be utilized to be used as additional LCA -Tejas production line catering to the export market, which company plans to explore.

Two production lines in the Bangalore facility will be exclusively used to meet the demands of 16 jets per annum requirements asked by IAF for the 83 Tejas Mk1A and Trainer jets ordered recently. Nasik plant will be partly made available to manufacture 4 Tejas Mk1/Mk1A or Tejas LIFT for Export Market per year in the next few years so that IAF doesn’t have to suffer if HAL does manages to get export order for the LCA-Tejas.

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We have been hearing about reforms in the Indian Military for quite some time now, especially after the creation of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) post. The CDS position inherited many challenges. Many things were to be upgraded, reformed, adapted, or reorganized. Among the reforms that were planned the predominant was the integration of all the three Services of Army, Navy, and Air Force into Unified Commands or Theatre Commands.

Theatre command is a geographical area of concern combining all the three services into a unit posture under a single Commander as opposed to the present service-oriented structured commands. The commander will be responsible for all the operations and he is independent to use the assets under his command to achieve the goals. If not the least outcomes of Unified Commands or Theatre Commands would be 1) Better cooperation and increased inter-service tactical knowledge. 2) Best use of available assets among the services under the responsible Theatre. 3) During Wartime, the Coordination will be at the Theatre level instead of at the level of Service Chiefs. Overall, by far the Theatre commands would be equipped with the best of all to deal with situations accordingly.

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 India is going full steam ahead to ensure the biennial military exposition “Aero-India” at Bengaluru from February 3 to 5. The Aero-India show will also include an Indian Ocean Region (IOR) defence ministers’ conclave.
The three-day Aero-India will also see the defence ministry inking the Rs 46,898 crore contract for 73 “improved” Tejas fighter jets and 10 trainers with defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics, the biggest-ever indigenous military deal that was approved by the Cabinet committee on security last week.

Billed as the “world first hybrid exhibition on such a large scale” due to the pandemic, with the “business element” of the event being both physical as well as virtual, this year’s Aero-India will overall have “more exhibitors” than the previous edition, said defence ministry officials on Thursday.
But the participation of foreign companies in Aero-India has dipped to 76 from 165 in 2019, though official delegations from 43 countries have confirmed their presence. Overall, there will be 537 exhibitors as compared to 403 last time, with more Indian companies coming forward. “All Covid-related protocols will be strictly followed,” said an official.

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To transform the Indian Navy into a true blue-water force, a fleet of SSNs and nuclear-powered general-purpose attack submarines are required to meet the great power expectations in the Indo-Pacific and beyond in the decades to come, according to Commodore Roby Thomas.

Commodore Thomas, a senior fellow at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), in his paper — Nuclear Attack Submarines: The Elixir for a True Blue-Water Navy published at Journal of Defence Studies — stated that notwithstanding the Covid-related economic contractions, India needs to astutely plan its rise by strengthening its maritime capacities, like its SSN fleet.

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SOURCE: Anantha Krishnan M / Manorama Online

India’s aerospace and defence programmes are on a buoyant phase with renewed thrust coming from the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative. This has given hopes not just for government-run organisations, but to the private and academic institutions as well, who are set to play a major role to make India self-reliant in the realm of A&D.

Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has been spearheading India’s Light Combat Aircraft Tejas programme right from its inception with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) as the principal partner. Today, it has several national aeronautical programmes under its belt, including Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), Tejas Mk-II and the Twin Engine Deck-Based Fighter (TEDBF).

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Donald Trump is gone and Joe Biden is in as the 46th President of the United States. India may cheer the fact that US has joined the Paris Climate Accord, and that immigration to US via H-1B visas may become easier for Indian talent, and many other positive changes that may occur.

However, one thorn in the flesh in India-US relations is already visible: New Delhi’s $5.5 billion deal with Russia to buy the S-400 missile. A Washington D.C-based, keen observer of India, believes that this could be the “single biggest obstacle” even under the Biden regime.

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There will be tremendous increase in defence exports from India in the next four to five years, chairman of the state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) G Satheesh Reddy said on Thursday.

“Within next 4-5 years, this country will have a lot of indigenous content in the Indian armed forces and we will be seeing tremendous amount of increase in exports,” he said at a webinar organised by industry body CII.

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The joint defence exercise between India and France in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur on Thursday witnessed the roaring Rafale fighter jets take to the skies alongside aerial beasts Sukhoi-30s and Mirages, and this, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat believes, is the most significant takeaway from the exercise.

Rawat observed that the Indo-French war games have showcased the ability of Indian Air Force pilots to quickly adapt to new combat aircraft fleet like the Rafale, and said that IAF is now in the same league as top air forces in the world.

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With a planned and gradual drawdown of soldiers underway in the Northeast, where the security situation has significantly improved, the Indian Army plans to redeploy up to 10,000 extra troops by the year-end to carry out the force’s primary task — dealing with the Chinese threat in the eastern sector, people familiar with the development said on Tuesday on condition of anonymity.

These soldiers are part of a reserve division whose elements can be swiftly marshalled to support front-line troops guarding the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China to deal with any contingency in the sensitive sector, the people said.

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SOURCE: Tribune News Service

As strategists parse the nearly 20 Indian-Americans appointed in the Biden administration, noteworthy are those who didn’t make it. Obama administration staffer Sonal Shah as well as Amit Jani, who worked on the Biden campaign team, have so far been excluded, allegedly due their RSS-BJP links, which has been brought into the limelight by over a dozen Indian-American organisations.

Biden’s team has people like senior diplomat Uzra Zeya, who had played a role in the Devyani Khobragade case, or Samira Fazili, who had joined protest rallies in the US against the CAA, NRC and the Kashmir lockdown. But those with RSS-BJP links have not found a place as secular Indian-American organisations have maintained the pressure on the Biden-Harris transition team to keep such individuals on the sidelines, said sources.

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Aviation major Airbus will showcase a wide selection of its advanced aerospace technologies and services at the Aero India 2021 exposition, all set to be held at the Yelahanka Air Force Station here from February 3 to 5.  Airbus exhibits will be located at Stand B.2.6 in Hall B. On display will be a scale model of the C295, medium transport aircraft and a digital display of the A330 MRTT (Multi-Role Tanker Transport) aircraft. 

Scale models of the multi-role helicopter H225M and the AS565MBe Panther, the all-weather, multi-role force multiplier will also be on display.

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The Tezpur Air Force Station in Assam is capable of taking on any challenge in the eastern sector of the country, its new Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Air Commodore Dharmendra Singh Dangi has said.

Interacting with reporters, Air Commodore Dangi, who took over the command of the Tezpur Air Force Station from Air Commodore Tejpal Singh on Wednesday said, ‘The Indian Air Force (IAF) is growing by leaps and bounds and we are capable of taking on any challenge’.

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The Uttar Pradesh Defence Corridor is going to be part of the upcoming Aero India 2021 in Bengaluru for the first time. The event is to take place from February 3 to February 5.

Aero India is organised every alternate year in India which is also regarded as one of the major exhibitions for aerospace and defence industries with a public air show. Attended by defence aviation, civil aviation and well-known private companies, it enables industry professionals to gain market insights and announce new developments. Aero India offers a unique platform to the international aviation sector to bolster business.

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As many as 215 terrorists were eliminated by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Jammu and Kashmir in 2020, including Riyaz Naikoo of terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, who carried a reward of ? 12 lakh.

“The force also neutralised three terrorists in an exemplary operation in Nagrota, resulting in the recovery of a huge cache of arms and ammunition including 11 AK-47 rifles, three pistols and 29 grenades,” CRPF Director General AP Maheshwari said at a press conference.

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An Indian Army jawan was martyred when Pakistan violated the ceasefire and resorted to firing on forward positions along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district on Thursday, officials said. The Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked firing along the LoC in the Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch, the officials said.

The Indian Army responded to the enemy fire in a befitting manner, they added. Havaldar Nirmal Singh of the 10 JAK Rifles unit of the Army was critically injured in the firing and subsequently succumbed to his injuries, the officials said. The Jammu and Kashmir Rifles is an infantry regiment of the Indian Army.

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